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Simulation in teaching regional anesthesia: current perspectives

Authors Udani A, Kim TE, Howard S, Mariano E

Received 18 April 2015

Accepted for publication 25 May 2015

Published 11 August 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 33—43

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/LRA.S68223

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Stefan Wirz


Ankeet D Udani,1 T Edward Kim,2,3 Steven K Howard,2,3 Edward R Mariano2,3

On behalf of the ADAPT (Anesthesiology-Directed Advanced Procedural Training) Research Group

1Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA; 2Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; 3Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Abstract: The emerging subspecialty of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine represents an opportunity to evaluate critically the current methods of teaching regional anesthesia techniques and the practice of acute pain medicine. To date, there have been a wide variety of simulation applications in this field, and efficacy has largely been assumed. However, a thorough review of the literature reveals that effective teaching strategies, including simulation, in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine are not established completely yet. Future research should be directed toward comparative-effectiveness of simulation versus other accepted teaching methods, exploring the combination of procedural training with realistic clinical scenarios, and the application of simulation-based teaching curricula to a wider range of learner, from the student to the practicing physician.

Keywords: regional anesthesia, simulation, medical education, ultrasound, nerve block, simulator

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